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EDGAR CAYCE: THE SLEEPING PROPHET by Jess Stearn. 280 pages. Doubleday. $4.95.

Kentuckian Edgar Cayce was a semiliterate health evangelist who boasted miraculous curative and prophetic powers. He died at 67 in 1945, unsung except by a few equally obscure biographers. Freelance Author Jess Stearn has rediscovered Cayce, and strains mightily to prove that his batting average was close to 100%.

Perhaps Cayce (pronounced Casey) should not be judged yet, since all the returns are not in. Readers are therefore put on the alert. Cayce said that China would become Christian and democratic by...

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